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News - August 15, 2008

It's Brozosky v. Hosterman again

Former councilman, who lost by 188 votes in 2006, will try a second time for the mayor's post

by Jeb Bing

Mayor Jennifer Hosterman will face former councilman Steve Brozosky again in the mayor's race on Nov. 4.

Brozosky, who lost to Hosterman by only 188 votes out of 23,271 cast in the 2006 municipal election for mayor, emerged at the deadline last Friday as the lone candidate to file for the office out of four who had vowed to unseat Hosterman. The other three--former Planning Commissioner Mary Roberts and current planning commissioners Anne Fox and Greg O'Connor, who chose not to run--are expected to support Brozosky.

All four are supporters of the Save Pleasanton's Hills citizens' coalition that is fielding an initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot that would block most development on steep hillsides and ridges.

Hosterman, on the other hand, with the support of councilmembers Jerry Thorne and Cheryl-Cook-Kallio, not only opposed the coalition's initiative but the council majority voted to place a competing measure on the same ballot that also would curb hillside development, but only after detailed public studies and hearings.

Both Brozosky and Hosterman ran spirited campaigns in 2006, with Brozosky's campaign team accusing Hosterman of misusing her city-issued cell phone and email accounts to solicit votes and campaign funds. Later, however, after an investigation into those charges, the Alameda County State's Attorney's office found no reason to press charges.

Brozosky was at the First Wednesday Street Party last week with former Councilwoman Kay Ayala, a sponsor of the hillside development ban initiative and champion of two efforts by Save Pleasanton's Hills that raised up to 5,000 signatures on two recent measures. The group is expected to play an influential role in Brozosky's election campaign.

"I think in the mayor and council races, the debate may be less on the merit of the initiatives and more on the process of your government participating with you as opposed to working against you," Brozosky said. "It's not that easy to collect 5,000 signatures. It takes a lot of people and dedicated time to go out there and talk to people and collect signatures. The council should respect that process instead of saying that it just takes three of us to put something on the ballot

"Whether they agreed with the citizens' initiative or not, the councilmembers should have argued the merits of the initiative and let the voters decide," he added. "But by putting their own initiative on the ballot, they've created divisiveness. They're saying that the 5,000 people who signed this initiative don't know what they're talking about and they're going to save them. I think that's arrogance."

Hosterman, who left last Friday for a two-week vacation in Hawaii with her husband Michael, a Pleasanton attorney, said she is proud of the accomplishments achieved in the four years she has served as mayor and the two years before that when she was a city councilwoman.

Elected in to the council in 2002, she became the first woman to serve as mayor of Pleasanton when she was elected in 2004, defeating Councilwoman Kay Ayala for the post. Because of term limits, she can seek the mayor's office two more times--this year and again in 2010.

"We have achieved a very special quality of life in our city, expanded and preserved open space, strengthened public safety, and kept our city's financial base strong," Hosterman told the Weekly before leaving on vacation. "We have taken the lead in energy conservation, we're recycling and green building and are establishing new open space with trails."

"We have the finest public safety workers, police and fire in California," she added. "While other cities are being forced to cut back, Pleasanton has just opened a new award-winning fire station. Our 'Shop Pleasanton' campaign is a success and Pleasanton has become a destination city for new business because of our schools, mixed housing stock and strong community feel."

"With continued prudent management, we will go on delivering quality services to residents and businesses alike," she continued. "We have set aside reserves against an economic downturn and are taking steps to make sure we can provide city services more efficiently."

Brozosky, currently a member of the Pleasanton school board who plans to leave that position in November, said he doesn't think the current council majority, including Hosterman, is listening to the people who voted them into office. He cited the council majority's decision to ignore the Save Pleasanton's Hills 5,000-voter-strong coalition's initiative as evidence that citizens' demands are not being heard by the majority. Instead, he said, the majority voted to put a competing measure on the ballot that could confuse voters.

Hosterman and councilmembers Kallio and Thorne voted to place the competing council measure on the ballot. Councilmembers Cindy McGovern and Matt Sullivan voted against the plan.

Asked if the two competing initiatives will be the focus of the campaign, Brozosky said it would be the process more than the measures that would be debated.

"Whether they intended to do it or not, the council majority was saying that you can't fight City Hall," he said. "I don't think that encourages participation. I believe that's an abuse of power."

Brozosky said that as mayor, he would work to change that. He would let citizens who are addressing the council speak longer and would encourage dialogue between those speakers and the lawmakers.

"The difference between letting someone speak and listening to them is very different," he said. "Right now, people are being allowed three minutes but they don't feel they're being listened to. If you have something happening in town and you think it's affecting your quality of life, you want to be listened to and actually have a dialogue. People don't feel like they're being heard. They're frustrated."

"I want people to come to council meetings and feel they are part of this community," he added. "Just the chance to go up and speak is not enough."

The final results of the 2006 mayoral race gave Hosterman 50.15 percent of the total votes cast for mayor, or 11,671, to Brozosky's 49.34 percent, or 11,483. There were 1,170 write-in votes for other individuals.


Posted by Ryan, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 15, 2008 at 9:32 am

We all know Steve Brozosky and Roberts will protect our hillsides through the expansion of water slides on hillsides. There is no doubt Brozosky will keep up his commitment to citizens by taking large sums of money from developers (see 2006 election) and using Karl Rove-like politcal tactics. I would also like to squelch the rumor that Brozosky played the part of "Larry Appleton" on the 1980's sitcom Perfect Strangers, that was a different guy, they just look similar.

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Posted by Greg, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

There is no point to starting a new thread based on purely tired negative comments. I ask that no one respond on this thread, it is pointless.

Posted by Greg, a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 15, 2008 at 11:29 am

Greg from Birdland,
It's amazing how a thread becomes tired and pointless when a political candidate you support is challenged

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 15, 2008 at 11:34 am

Let the feathers fly in Birdland!